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Monday, February 10. 2014
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My son after one pianny lesson
If you keep the American Express card away from the wife
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The prideful require self-flattering blame and excuses for psychic survival
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Rational Atheism: Or irrational; people can convince themselves of most anything (see also, Obamacare),
No Bible: Erasing parts of history that they don't like has been the history of leftism.
Beatles: HEY! FIX THE LINK! Take off the maggiesfarm.com part. Critics? There must have been some who liked them.
AOL: Those BASTIDS! Blaming Obamacare! Oughta be shot, I say.
Barry: True to form, it's someone else's fault. HE has done NOTHING wrong. That is IMPOSSIBLE. It's that shadowy cabal of the Illuminati, Bohemian Grove-ers, Tri-Lateral Commisioners, and Rosicrucians (those demons!).
The homeschooling article cracks me up. I have kids that go to public schools. 2 of them were/are musically inclined. One has done exactly what these homeschooled kids have done: plays several musical instruments, started his own band, writes and mixes his own music. This is not something that is exclusive to homeschooled kids. This is something a kid with a musical inclination will do.
I tried guitar lessons with 2 others. Didn't stick. Then, one of them wanted to try violin. Didn't last. Opportunities were given. But the other 2 were not musical.
Going to a regular public school does not inhibit you from finding passions or spending a lot of time doing them. As we all know, there are plenty of hours after school for exploring your interests.
BTW, what is this college-age kid gonna do for a living? Most musicians barely make any money and wait tables on the side. Not the best plan in the world for a 'homeschooled' kid.
Glenn Reynolds reported that a audit by his daughter in 9th grade revealed only about 2 hours of the school day was spent on instruction. I saw a similar report from a commenter at Ann Althouse who claimed to have been a high school teacher.
So why waste those other 4 or 5 hours locked away at school when the kid could be doing something that interests them. Why promote boredom and tedium, unless you wish to produce a cube dweller.
Are we really happy with kids still being indoctrinated by the educational equivalent of the DMV? In fact, many DMVs are much better than that these days.
Kids who don't immediately go to college and have little chance of entering the factory seem lost after graduation because they've had over a decade of institutionalization and then are summarily dumped outside the gates with few skills for an independent life. We are fortunate that most are quick learners but should we early be taking a bright, curious 5 yr old and turning them into sullen, confused 18 yr olds by destroying their freedom of thought and inducing within school helplessness?
The other 4 or 5 hours are for indocrination - PC, global warming and such.
Wonder what the sales of nicotine patches, gum, etc are near colleges. Though waiting for the tobaccophobics to get geared up to denounce and block research.
Hubris some times leads to enlightenment, yet not Obama's case. BTW, Sam L, you forgot to mention race
Smaller paychecks for the drudges that make things work? The big donors to the D's are too busy watching their stocks appreciate to care.
The Hillary papers? Don't seem like much though more skeletons will be unearthed. Won't surprise me to see the Obama campaign's notes on her leaked.
Atheists try to grasp the unknowable with their faith in nothing. It gets them no closer to an answer, but they like it. How did something come from nothing? They have no clue, no theory and no interest. Atheism seems to be a very limited religion for the dull, disinterested and lazy among us. To deny what one cannot understand is an infantile response it seems to me. Those who exercise their faith in some form of omnipotent being at least have the advantage of following the best and brightest people who have ever existed and the accumulated wisdom of the ages. Yes, as found in the Bible. For starters. And their faith gets them beyond the big bang into eternity, where it should properly reside. Thus, faith in a divinity embraces and acknowledges the unknowable. An important step in the right direction I would suggest and a more constructive, instructive and realistic place to be in relation to the cosmos and all the things we have no ability to fully understand.
How did something come from nothing? They have no clue, no theory and no interest
they have all kinds of ideas, and they're all interesting.
what's even more interesting is a world view where faith does not collide with science. typically Catholic, of course. or anglo-Catholic, or Orthodox. no thumpers aloud.
What a delightful reply! Please, do tell me all about those bright ideas the atheists pretend to have. Now, about that 'science colliding with faith' canard of yours. Do you really imagine that science is in opposition to faith? Or do you perhaps believe that science is superior to faith? Both are false arguments. They are false because science is itself a faith based approach/mechanism to help focus our understanding of the world in which we live. Sure, science emphasizes objective evidence and repeatable results but they still call them theories. Theories are beliefs based on some evidence and even more faith. Reading through history books, you will see that faith in the 'scientific' evidence for 'scientific' theories is oftentimes and mostly erroneous. Is light a wave or particle? Where is all the missing dark matter that should exist, but we cannot find? Science does not have the answers. But, scientists have faith that someday far in the future, they will. Faith. It's a belief in something you cannot prove and in something you cannot see or measure. Scientists have faith, atheists pretend that their faith in something they cannot prove is something else. What else could it be I wonder, if not faith? Blind hubris perhaps?
"What a delightful reply!"
thank you, very kind of you.
"Please, do tell me all about those bright ideas the atheists pretend to have."
No, while self education is a laudable goal that I urge you to start, talking to the birds is not.
"Theories are beliefs based on some evidence and even more faith."
and this is why. you and every one of the bible beaters consistently misuse the language of science. you do this intentionally because every time you've been involved in this tediously stupid debate, someone has explained what a scientific theory means and how they are validated by lack of repeatable test results that disproves the claim. so you engage in this childish deception for what? hubris?
couple that with your own ignorance of some basic principles (yes, a photon exhibits the properties of both waves and particles, does not fit into the language of classical mechanics at the subatomic level, this has been known almost a hundred years so deal with it) and the inability to know how to ask questions and you get ...
Twisting away from your dilemma by pretending that I have some objection to science will convince only the ideologically pure and equally blind fellows of your faith. Science is not the issue nor is it the problem. But trying to cloak atheism with the credibility of science is. That is a fraud. Science pursues knowledge in a self questioning and testing manner. Science offers theories fitting the best evidence of the day. At it's best. I leave aside the politically motivated theories cluttering the landscape. Al Gore and company. Atheists, on the other hand, assume knowledge they have zero evidence for and yet you defend it as if your whole being were invested in that belief. Yet you have no faith. Too funny by a mile. You say I have no knowledge of science, I say you have no logic.
"Atheists try to grasp the unknowable with their faith in nothing"
You have it backwards. Atheists don't have faith in something that does not exist. It is religious people who have faith.
"They have no clue, no theory and no interest."
We study physics, develop many theories that get refined over time and build particle accelerators to better understand the nature of the universe.
"following the best and brightest people who have ever existed and the accumulated wisdom of the ages"
Argument from Authority. Why not claim that God told you and stop there?
If you want to live for eternity, great. I will focus my efforts on this lifetime.
Earl, your argument against yourself is amusing. But, setting up a straw man and setting it ablaze is easy and I suppose the best you can bring to the topic. Your error, and it pains me to even explain this, is in ASSUMING that my argument about faith included a particularized subset of beliefs in a divinity and church doctrine. A picture you draw from your own imagination, resentments and prejudices. Both you and wirraway jump to a bunch of irrelevant conclusions and then mock your own creation. Silliness worthy of school children. I addressed the issue of faith and the dishonesty of atheists pretending they don't have any in their wholly unsupported theory about God. I merely wish to point out that atheism is a simplistic and rudimentary belief just as dependant on faith as any other. I did not present an argument FOR any particular religious doctrine or claim to speak with a divinity or argue the existence of the eternal soul. Topics a bit out of my depth. However, I'm quite certain the matter of eternal existence, or not, is not the kind of thing we get to choose.
Oh, one more thing. You say I have it backwards, that atheists don't have faith in something that doesn't exist and only religious people have faith. You could not be more backwards. Do atheists believe God exists or not? If not, do they believe it? If they believe it, where is the proof? If there is no proof, what sustains their belief? Only religious people have faith? What utter nonsense. If you take a ridiculous stand on an issue, own up to it.
Re: My son after one pianny lesson (Take Five)
Joe Morello is smiling.
Bible disappeared from children's lives:
This article is from a country with an established church - an official religion. Religious education is required at elementary ages. And the majority of primary schools are church-related.
I was an acquaintance of the editor of the Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature . He found some 25 years ago that Canadian university students completely missed the meaning of some passages in English literature because they lacked the basic cultural literacy of familiarity with bible stories.
I did not say all homeschooling was bunk or worse than public school. What I was responding to was the article about the musicality of his kids and acting as if this would've only been possible in a homeschooling environment. Since I have seen similar drive in 2 of my 4 kids, I know that is not true.
Musical ability is lovely. But how is this a career choice? or something to be used to promote homeschooling? I'd rather see more focus on the academic achievements of his children in math, writing and science. That would be more impressive.
This article contains nothing of value to promote homeschooling...in fact, it makes me think these kids are spending most of their time on music, rather than real subjects that have value for your career. Very few will become professional musicians. It is a nice thing to dream about, but we all know the reality is, most do not make their living from music. Very tough job market. Just like it is very hard to make money as a writer, actor or artist.
completely agree. I have several professional musician barista friends who take time off from their permanent jobs pouring java to play gigs all over town. the opportunity cost in lost tips is dreadful.